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Environmental Justice and Soy Agribusiness – Book is out!

HHafner - Environmental justice and soy agribusinessafner, R. (2018): Environmental Justice and Soy Agribusiness. Earthscan Food and Agriculture Series.  London: Routledge. ISBN: 978-0-815-38535-6 .


Environmental justice research and activism predominantly focus on openly conflictive situations; claims making is central. However, situations of injustice can still occur even if there is no overt conflict. Environmental Justice and Soy Agribusiness fills this gap by applying an environmental justice incommensurabilities framework to reveal the mechanisms of why conflicts do not arise in particular situations, even though they fall within classic environmental justice schemes. Continue reading


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New paper on Biosphere Reserves

Check out the new paper “Biosphere reserves as model regions for sustainability transitions? Insights into the peripheral mountain area Grosses Walsertal (Austria)” by AGEF member Armin Kratzer now available 50 days for free at

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Urban Resilience in Indonesia – publication of results of elective area ‘Development Research’

Urban_Resilience_in_IndonesiaUrban resilience is a topic of increasing importance in the light of growing urban populations and often high exposure to natural hazards. This is particularly true for cities in developing countries like Indonesia, where a large share of the population is living in areas at risk. These challenges were addressed by ten students of the Master Programme “Global Change – Regional Sustainability” within the elective area “Development Research”. From March 2014 to June 2015 the students evaluated and developed community-based strategies to foster urban resilience in Indonesia, focussing on the case studies of Yogyakarta and Surakarta. Primary data was collected during a field visit in September-October 2014, supervised by AGEF-members Kami Höferl, Simone Sandholz and Christian Obermayr, and kindly supported by colleagues from Universitas Gadjah Mada (Yogyakarta) and Universitas Sebelas Maret (Surakarta).

The results of the elective area are now published in book form within the inngeo series and are available here:

Höferl, K. M. und Sandholz, S. (Hrsg.) (2017): Urban Resilience in Indonesia – Assessing and Evaluating Development Strategies in Yogyakarta and Surakarta. Innsbruck: Innsbrucker Studienkreis für Geographie (Inngeo – Innsbrucker Materialien zur Geographie 17). ISBN 978-3-901182-78-5 (Link)

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Posterpräsentation: São Paulo zwischen Neoliberalismus und Recht auf Stadt

Konzeptioniert und designed von Tobias Töpfer und Johannes Exenberger steht nun das neue Poster: “São Paulo zwischen Neoliberalismus und Recht auf Stadt, Sichtbarkeiten und Reibungen” online. Das Poster wurde auf dem “Arbeitskreis Geographische Stadtforschung im Entwicklungskontext (AK GSEK)” in seiner diesjährigen Tagung vom 08. – 09. Juli von seinen beiden Autoren vorgestellt.

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Wem gehört der öffentliche Raum? Aufwertungs- und Verdrängungsprozesse im Zuge von Innenstadterneuerung in São Paulo.

Tobias Töpfer’s dissertation is published! Congratulations!

To whom does public space belong?
Upgrading and displacement processes in the course of downtown renewal in São Paulo

Metropolises around the world are subject to mutual competitive pressure to remain their attractiveness for the economy. In order to hold one’s ground, unique selling propositions are needed. The center of a metropolis may be considered such a feature. Downtown areas previously received little attention, but for some time urban planners and -politicians are paying increased attention to this topic again. This applies to cities of the Global North, but recently it also becomes relevant for those in the Global South.
In Brazil, with its high degree of urbanization, the focus lies once again on the inner cities, after having received less attention over several decades in favor of new center-fragments. Measures of downtown renewal should raise the attractiveness of these central areas. Given the socio-economic disparities observed in Brazilian cities, the implications of these trends for determined population groups are different. The measures often focus on structural interventions such as building renovations, but also on the public space. It directly provides the public authorities the ability to take the initiative. Again, physical rehabilitation measures of places, for example, may be part of these initiatives. However, concerning the access and use of public spaces, institutional innovations play an important role as well. Continue reading

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Buchpräsentation: Fairness and Justice in Natural Resource Politics

Fairness and Justice in Natural Resource Politics (Hardback) book cover

Fairness and Justice in Natural Resource Politics 
Edited by Melanie Pichler, Cornelia Staritz, Karin Küblböck, Christina Plank, Werner Raza, Fernando Ruiz Peyré
© 2016 – Routledg, ISBN: 9781138195950

24.1.2017, 18.00 – 20.00
C3 – Centrum für Internationale Entwicklung, Sensengasse3, 1090 Wien

Fairness and Justice in Natural Resource Politics

mit: Melanie Pichler (Institut für Soziale Ökologie (SEC) der Alpen-Adria Universität Klagenfurt), Ulrich Brand (Professor für internationale Politik an der Universität Wien), Stefan Giljum (Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien), Karin Küblböck (ÖFSE) und Werner Raza (ÖFSE).
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Programm (pdf)

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